This is such a beautiful post, I have to reblog and highlight: “So why do you follow? The same reason why one might just close their eyes and feel the music, why we lean in for a kiss, why we fall in love. Following Christ is like gulping down cool water after roaming about in the desert, or breaking the surface of a lake when you are starved for oxygen.”
Another comment from the peanut gallery caught my eye other day, “why do you follow Christ?” It was not a question being asked with any genuine interest, but rather one repeated with much nagging, hoping to imply that we follow Christ based on cowardice, fear of punishment, and threats of hell.
I call it the Al Capone defense for non belief. The concept alleges that God is engaging in extortion, that people only believe because we fear going to hell, and that any God that would engage in such threats and need for power and control over us, is not worthy of believing in.
This is an argument against faith that I find somewhat heart breaking, because the roots of this conundrum often stem from abuse, from misunderstood authority, from deep wounding that fears being taken advantage of, controlled, exploited, victimized.
It is sad to me, many people have a…
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